Beyond “Final Cut” Computer Science Literacy in Media

By Cathleen Londino and Paul Londino.

Published by The International Journal of Science in Society

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This paper provides an overview of what media students should know to successfully compete in today’s tapeless/HD professional work environment, which goes well beyond competency in industry standard editing programs. In today’s production and broadcasting environments, where most content is high definition video and which are in transition to tapeless workflows, media students who have an understanding of file-based digital media will have a clear advantage in the workplace. Further, media organizations are increasingly delivering files to on-demand Internet streaming outlets such as Netflix, social networking sites like YouTube and Facebook, and to low bandwidth mobile devices. Creating a streaming media experience for the consumer in this quickly changing environment requires capturing and encoding techniques for repurposing broadcast material for use on Internet-based media, knowledge of digital video compression technologies and familiarity with file delivery workflows.

Keywords: Media, Final Cut Pro, Computer Science, HD, High Definition, Editing, Technology, Tapeless Environment, Compression Rates, Streaming Outlets, Capturing, Encoding, File Delivery Workflows

The International Journal of Science in Society, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp.129-140. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 777.639KB).

Dr. Cathleen Londino

Professor, Media and Film, Kean University, Union, New Jersey, USA

Dr. Cathleen Londino, Professor of Media & Film, earned her Ph.D. from The University of Michigan in Radio-TV-Film. She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and been at Kean University for more than 25 years. She recently returned to faculty after serving as Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences and Chair of the Media & Film Department. Combining teaching with professional activity, Londino served as producer, director, writer and talent for a number of video and film projects, including the award-winnning, “A Place for Us,” a documentary about the first African-American golf professional. Her international scholarship includes visiting scholar at the University of East Anglia, England, and invited presentations to South Korea and India. Londino has led university Travel Learn groups to China, Spain, Italy, France and the UK.

Prof. Paul Londino

Software Engineer, Technical Operations, HBO Home Box Office, Secaucus, New Jersey, USA

Paul Londino is a Software Engineer for HBO where he has worked for more than five years and in August 2011, will complete his M.A. in Computer Science from New York University. He will be an Adjunct Professor of Broadcasting at Montclair State University, in Fall 2011, teaching computer science to media students.